In order to keep up with a world that expects everything to be delivered instantaneously, the shipping industry must evolve equally as fast. And nobody is more prepared to keep up with that pace than Global Container Terminals.
Strategically located outside the Bayonne Bridge, GCT Bayonne is the closest container terminal to the New York/New Jersey harbor entrance, reducing transit time by two hours each way. Unrestricted by air and water draft, it is the only terminal in the harbor able to service the large vessels transiting the Suez and Panama canals.
The GCT Bayonne Expansion Project has increased the dock face to 2,700 feet (823 meters) of contiguous berth. Its prime location, combined with world-class technology, make GCT Bayonne the gateway of choice for containers moving between New York/New Jersey and the rest of the world.
The expanded GCT Bayonne terminal features state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Designed to increase safety, improve reliability, and decrease processing times, our goal is to ensure your cargo is never delayed. At 40 moves per hour, this faster turnaround time results in smoother operations and increased cost savings for your business.
GCT Bayonne’s expanded 2,700-foot (823-meter) berth and 50-foot (15.2-meter) draft is supported by dedicated ship-to-shore cranes, automated RMGs, and manned RTGs. Our new equipment and streamlined processes make the facility more productive than any other terminal in the harbor.
Once the containers are on land, it’s all about getting them on the road—quickly and safely. The landside RMG container stacks are positioned on an angle to facilitate easier approaches and departures for truckers. While the RMGs are automated, all transactions will be guided and monitored remotely by ILA skilled operators working in compliance with the highest safety standards.
At the core of the GCT Bayonne Expansion Project is a streamlined gate process. All gates are outfitted with Optical Character Recognition software, RFID, and remote image inspections. The result: a faster, more efficient process for truckers while creating a safer work environment for everyone.
All exit and entrance roads to the terminal are designed to keep the traffic flowing. Dedicated transfer zones, pre-positioned cargo, and the elimination of cross-traffic intersections are just a few of the design features that keep operations running smoothly. Thanks to a $300 million investment by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the highway interchange outside the terminal is also being improved to alleviate congestion.
With a direct connection to the CSX and Norfolk Southern railways, the near dock Greenville Rail Yard will play a key role in GCT Bayonne’s operations. It is currently under development by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and will feature eight working tracks. While the new rail project is under construction, our best-in-class operating team will ensure your containers continue to reach their destination without delay.
Innovative planning software for both truck and rail operations will allow us to monitor your cargo and efficiently deploy the resources needed to handle your imports and exports.
Though speed and efficiency are a priority, neither is more important than the safety of our workforce and the trucking community. Trucks will no longer need to drive through the terminal; instead, they will stop directly at the stack to pick up and drop off containers. GCT Bayonne’s 10 new RMG stacks are positioned at an angle to make approaching and departing the area safer, quicker, and easier.
Although much of the facility is semi-automated, every step is carefully monitored by highly trained ILA operators. We will ensure the cranes never interact with a truck until the driver has entered the safe zone.
GCT Bayonne has several security measures in place to ensure that every container is accounted for. All loaded imports and exports are kept in highly secured, monitored areas with cargo details archived to keep your cargo safe. Our combination of secure storage and controlled accessibility offers our customers an unparalleled level of accountability and regulatory compliance.
As GCT Bayonne continues to expand and increase capacity, sustainability and environmentally responsible practices will remain a core focus, both locally and globally. We are committed to supporting and protecting the communities in which we operate.
As part of the expansion project, we have created tidal wetlands and preserved uplands on a 16.1-acre (6.5-hectare) site adjacent to the Hackensack River. This has resulted in a tidal flow exchange and created wetlands, open water, and mudflat habitats to benefit local marsh species. In order to further nurture the area, native vegetation was planted, turning it into a thriving environment for local fish and wildlife.
We have also implemented many environmentally responsible procedures into the GCT Bayonne facility itself. The electrically operated RMGs eliminate harmful diesel emissions and are built to generate power when discharging containers. This power is then used by other cranes at the facility. Energy-saving LED floodlights remain off until needed, at which point they are turned on to support operating needs.